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My one word for 2020 is FUN!
When I set down to come up with my word, “fun” wasn’t even on my radar. I thought about driven, success, and progress. But, with every word, I spent time thinking on it, and it left my heart and head feeling empty. I kept thinking, what is it that you really want Jane? And, I kept coming back to fun. I want to have fun in 2020.
2019 was out of this world. It was amazing. It was so fun! I got married, which was the best day of my life. We did so many fun things. So, why on earth would I want to put my energy, focus, and growth into fun?
I will be honest, for a lot of 2019, I was stressed out and unable to see all the wonderful things around me through that oppressive veil of stress. Saying that out loud makes me feel embarrassed. It isn’t something that I want to admit. That amidst all of the wonderful things happening in 2019, I was so preoccupied that I couldn’t enjoy a lot of it like I should have.
First world problems. I know. I feel like a spoiled brat. But, it’s also the truth.
I let outside influences make me absolutely miserable at times. I worked more days straight than someone with a balanced life ever should. I cried more over things that don’t matter than I care to admit. I didn’t make time for a lot of the things I wanted to, and was consumed by things that didn’t bring me joy.
2019 was a wonderful year. But, I couldn’t always see it.
So, for 2020, I want to focus on the fun.
I want to find fun in every day little moments as well as the big ones. To remind myself that it’s okay to laugh and have fun, and that will help keep the stress at bay. By focusing on fun, I hope to be more conscious of all of it going on around me. By having it at the front of my awareness, I’ll be able to enjoy myself more and stress less.
This doesn’t mean skipping out on things that are hard work, and responsibilities that aren’t traditionally seen as fun. It means enjoying them! Coming from a head space where I am expecting to have a good time, will help me to continue to do all those things, but do them with more joy.
I also want to make sure that I’m making time for the things that do spark joy in my life. I spent so much time in 2019 working that I didn’t have time to do all the wedding crafts I had planned. My wedding was perfect without them, but I wish I had prioritized my life too, and not just work. I neglected this blog and went nearly two months without a single post. I let nearly all my hobbies fall by the wayside.
For whoever needs to hear it, unless you are the on call doctor in the ER, there is no such thing as a work emergency. There is no need to work at 11:00 pm. There is no need to work 60 days straight with no break. There is no need to work on vacation. Living your life should also be a priority and if you aren’t enjoying it, what’s the point?
Prioritizing your life, means making sure you make time for fun in your life. It’s just as important as work and other responsibilities. Balance is important. And, enjoying all aspects of your life is important.
My word of the year is fun.
What’s your one word of the year?